Online petition calls for Herefordshire Council to reverse grass-cutting decision

An overgrown grass verge on Winston Road in Putson, Hereford.

An overgrown grass verge on Winston Road in Putson, Hereford.

First published in News

AN online petition is calling for Herefordshire Council to reverse its decision on reducing grass-cutting in the county.

The petition, launched yesterday, has already received more than 400 signatures and campaigners hope to persuade the council to restore the county back to a "more attractive standard".

The Hereford Times has previously reported how Herefordshire Council has decided to send mowers out on many sites only three times a year when they were previously trimmed on seven occasions.

The local authority says the cuts will save £1.25m per year.

There are fears the move will have an impact on tourism, as well as anger regarding the level of council tax paid compared to services provided.

To sign the petition visit you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/reverse-decision-to-reduce-grass-cutting?source=facebook-share-button&time=1400794699

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2:09pm Fri 23 May 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

640 and rising - one of the more visible own goals this council has scored in recent months. Roll on May 2015.
640 and rising - one of the more visible own goals this council has scored in recent months. Roll on May 2015. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 10

2:13pm Fri 23 May 14

hfdrover says...

A nice thought, but a bit too late for the people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Getting the grass back under control will be a mammoth task now anyway, it's not just a case of running a mower over it once it gets as long as it has in places. All little details that I imagine were ignored when decisions were originally made.
A nice thought, but a bit too late for the people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Getting the grass back under control will be a mammoth task now anyway, it's not just a case of running a mower over it once it gets as long as it has in places. All little details that I imagine were ignored when decisions were originally made. hfdrover
  • Score: 12

4:08pm Fri 23 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

get rid of the council, get rid of balfour beatie and get people in who care and know how to do the job. ( i refer to the company managers not the workers who are trying to do there best )
get rid of the council, get rid of balfour beatie and get people in who care and know how to do the job. ( i refer to the company managers not the workers who are trying to do there best ) jarvis 2
  • Score: 5

4:30pm Fri 23 May 14

Major disaster says...

How will it save 1.25m. Surely the staff who cut the grass are already employed by the council/contractors so if they are not doing that what are they doing instead. I agree with the HT concerned about the impact on tourism. The main roads into the city look like roads thru wild grassland terrain.
How will it save 1.25m. Surely the staff who cut the grass are already employed by the council/contractors so if they are not doing that what are they doing instead. I agree with the HT concerned about the impact on tourism. The main roads into the city look like roads thru wild grassland terrain. Major disaster
  • Score: 14

6:39pm Fri 23 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

We have over 960 signatures already and still climbing! Lets see what we can achieve over the bank holiday weekend. There is also a very good debate going on www.herefordvoice.co
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We have over 960 signatures already and still climbing! Lets see what we can achieve over the bank holiday weekend. There is also a very good debate going on www.herefordvoice.co .uk Hereford Voice
  • Score: 4

3:46pm Sat 24 May 14

megilleland says...

1415 signatures and increasing. (Sat 15.45)
1415 signatures and increasing. (Sat 15.45) megilleland
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Sat 24 May 14

dplcv37 says...

Just signed , although I cant believe we should have to start a petition regarding the matter. Hereford council and BB should be thoroughly ashamed of the state they have allowed the grass to get.
Am I wrong in thinking that the council are there to serve us
where is all the money going? The grass isnt being cut, the roads arent being fixed
If hereford council cant manage the spending of our taxes properly then they should be dismissed and replaced with people that can, isnt that how any job works?
How much longer are we going to let hereford council walk all over us and ruin what WAS becoming a prosperous county

Hereford council PLEASE JUST DO THE RIGHT THING AND CONTINUE TO CUT THE GRASS LIKE IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN , LOOK AT THE STATE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY YOU SHOULD BE UTTERLY ASHAMED! I ALSO NOTICE THAT YOU ARENT PLANTING THE FLOWER BEDS EITHER?
you want to save 1.25m? Three words........... plough lane offices

roll on may 2015!!!
Just signed , although I cant believe we should have to start a petition regarding the matter. Hereford council and BB should be thoroughly ashamed of the state they have allowed the grass to get. Am I wrong in thinking that the council are there to serve us where is all the money going? The grass isnt being cut, the roads arent being fixed If hereford council cant manage the spending of our taxes properly then they should be dismissed and replaced with people that can, isnt that how any job works? How much longer are we going to let hereford council walk all over us and ruin what WAS becoming a prosperous county Hereford council PLEASE JUST DO THE RIGHT THING AND CONTINUE TO CUT THE GRASS LIKE IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN , LOOK AT THE STATE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL CITY YOU SHOULD BE UTTERLY ASHAMED! I ALSO NOTICE THAT YOU ARENT PLANTING THE FLOWER BEDS EITHER? you want to save 1.25m? Three words........... plough lane offices roll on may 2015!!! dplcv37
  • Score: 14

8:24am Sun 25 May 14

Hawkshead says...

Glass lifts grass cut round plough lane office new equipment must we keep telling the people in hobbit world we live here as well so cut the grass
Glass lifts grass cut round plough lane office new equipment must we keep telling the people in hobbit world we live here as well so cut the grass Hawkshead
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Sun 25 May 14

Hilary Jones says...

Grass cutting is bad for bio-diversity, bad for wildlife, totally unnecessary except at road junctions etc where it obscures road sightlines. Herefordshire, under NO circumstances back down. That is all
Grass cutting is bad for bio-diversity, bad for wildlife, totally unnecessary except at road junctions etc where it obscures road sightlines. Herefordshire, under NO circumstances back down. That is all Hilary Jones
  • Score: -12

11:48pm Mon 26 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

We are over 1700 signatures in just a few days! This speaks volumes...
We are over 1700 signatures in just a few days! This speaks volumes... Hereford Voice
  • Score: 3

8:53am Tue 27 May 14

dplcv37 says...

Hilary Jones wrote:
Grass cutting is bad for bio-diversity, bad for wildlife, totally unnecessary except at road junctions etc where it obscures road sightlines. Herefordshire, under NO circumstances back down. That is all
Well said Hilary Jones!
And Lets all go back to wearing animal hides and running through the long grass with spears.
As if a few greens around the city are going to impact bio-diversity , im guessing from your comment that you live in an eco friendly hut in the forest somewhere or that the grass in your garden is 8ft tall?

That is all
[quote][p][bold]Hilary Jones[/bold] wrote: Grass cutting is bad for bio-diversity, bad for wildlife, totally unnecessary except at road junctions etc where it obscures road sightlines. Herefordshire, under NO circumstances back down. That is all[/p][/quote]Well said Hilary Jones! And Lets all go back to wearing animal hides and running through the long grass with spears. As if a few greens around the city are going to impact bio-diversity , im guessing from your comment that you live in an eco friendly hut in the forest somewhere or that the grass in your garden is 8ft tall? That is all dplcv37
  • Score: 11

10:33pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Burntearth says...

If people stop mowing there own verge the council will have to start again. it looks odd with some doing the verge and some not. insurance will also have to paid out by the council for any accidents caused on the verge VIA car or person.
If people stop mowing there own verge the council will have to start again. it looks odd with some doing the verge and some not. insurance will also have to paid out by the council for any accidents caused on the verge VIA car or person. Burntearth
  • Score: -1

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